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majority leader harry reid, he don't have the 51 votes he needs to get that passed so mcconnell is going to trap reed in a corner. >> an unlimited authority to borrow whenever he wants to for whatever amount he wants to? if the majority leader supports that proposal i would hope we can get a vote on it to give his members a chance to express themselves as to whether or not they think that's a good way forward for our country. >> jon: [bleep]. it is a classic opening. he's proposing a bill that he doesn't support, mcconnell, knowing that the president will look bad when harry reid refuses to call a vote on it >> senator mcconnell made a serious offer dealing with the debt ceiling in this country one of the most important issues facing the country. it's a serious offer. i personally haven't read it. my staff has looked at it. it's important enough that i would like to have a vote on it this afternoon. >> jon: haven't seen that before. harry reid just ate mcconnell's chess pieces. turns out reed had the 51 votes to pass mcconnell's sarcastic bill and said, fine, let's do this, mo-ho. really
harry reid is trying to move heaven and earth for a waiver to allow food in the congressional auditorium. let may get this straight. let me get this straight. a special screening of steven spielberg's movie "lincoln" -- if i am reading it right harry wants to get the -- get by the hurdle of preventing food in the auditorium for the" lincoln" thing. it is movie night for politicians who have neither guts nor grace and just fire. incredible. >> yes, it all gets better and better on basic cable. talk about looney bins, the house is voting to strike the word lune lunetic. who is the lunetic who didn't vote? he is here. we book the lunetics. you saw it for what it was. what the heck were they trying to do here? >> well, why would we even need to do this? they said well we changed the word retarded. yes, i know some people found that offensive, but lunatic is a good word. my communications said ap and all of these others are wanting a statement. why did you cast the only no vote against this? i typed up a statement and said, look, not only should we not eliminate the word lunatic when the nati
-- >> woody! >> a mitt romney guy. >> yeah, woody. >> that was a cringer. harry reid, come on now. >> it's not right for harry reid to kick the jets around. that's a cheap shot. we can do it. you can't. senate minority leader mitch mcconnell, you just saw him there talking on the floor, he actually found himself, well, in unusual territory thursday. he actually had to filibuster himself. >> no, no, he can't. >> yesterday, senator mcconnell brought a bill to the floor to give the president greater power to raise the debt limit without support. but harry reid called his bluff, agreeing to a straight up-or-down vote. that then forced the minority lead y leader to filibuster his own bill. >> what we have here is a case of republicans here in the senate once again not taking yes for an answer. this morning, republican leader asked consent to have a vote on this proposal, because now i told everyone that we're willing to have that vote, up-or-down vote. now the republican leader objects to his own idea, so i guess we have a filibuster his own bill, so i object. >> is there objection to the ori
for that and that shouldn't change. harry reid feels differently. and the president feels differently. >> the president is right to say this is an extreme measure and was used irresponsibly last year. just to clarify and tellyear. the viewers what you are talking about. the republicans in exchange for raising the debt limit said we'll do it but there have to be spending cuts to offset the amount of debt. >> what i don't like about the debt ceiling process is we have a process to create budget and there are congress and committees. things are supposed to go through both houses and get voatds on. i think this is going outside the democratic process. the republican numbers went down much more than barack obama's did last year. i think they have to be careful about what they are doing here. >> i think the reason simon doesn't like it is because it gives the republicans leverage to force the president to deal with the debt. the president has as much chance of succeeding as you have of getting john bolton to cry on your show. megyn: i think i can do it. a challenge? >> i bet you can. in the last 27 years, ev
majority leader harry reid said today it would be hard to get an agreement finished by the holiday, blaming the delay on republicans. not surprisingly, republicans say the president hasn't gotten serious about the talks. plenty of outside groups are offering up suggestions. and as darren gersh reports, they include warren buffett and some other big names in finance. >> reporter: there was some public movement in the fiscal cliff standoff today. instead of holding dueling press conferences, republicans and democrats traded barbs on the house floor. >> where are the president's spending cuts? the longer the white house slow- walks this process, the closer our economy gets to the fiscal cliff. >> reporter: behind the scenes, progress is being made, but democrats are still arguing they've given ground in previous budget battles. that's one reason they are holding firm on higher taxes now. >> $1.6 trillion in cuts. "where are the cuts?" they are in bills that you, mr. speaker, he voted for. >> reporter: and there were new calls for more tax revenue today. warren buffett, vanguard founder john bo
will be punished. but take care, harry reid says he feels bad that you have a deal with the rapid members of the tea party. so for more on the story i'm joined by dan gross the global business editor are the daily beast, and joining us from politico's arlington virginia's newsroom. thank you for joining us. >> thank you. >> great to be here. >> dan, let me begin with you. maybe you can give us a feel of why exactly the tea party republicans are upset with boehner's proposal, specifically? >> they are still under the illusion that deficits can be reduced without getting more revenues. you saw this--this has been there sort of article of faith for many years and it has been the republican orthodoxy back in 2011 when arguing with the debt ceiling and spending cuts and nothing about increased revenues, and boehner said he got 98% of what he wanted. when romney was running for office, there was not a peep until the end of the campaign. he was basically saying we could have a balanced budget amendment. we could cap spending and cut it. so their own colleagues have not told them these last many
. >> somehow we found ourselves listening to harry reid. >> yeah. >> on the senate floor. >> mm-hmm. >> comparing the republican party to the new york jets. >> what? >> it's not one of my favorite teams, but it's really, really fun to watch. and that's the new york jets. coach ryan, he's got a problem. he has three quarterbacks. sanchez. he's got tim tebow. he's got a guy like mcelroy. he can't decide who their quarterback is going to be. that's the same problem the republicans are having. romney's gone, but he's still in the background. we have mcconnell, and we have boehner. who is the quarterback, mr. president? who is the quarterback? >> richard haass, a quizical look on your face. >> normally when you play football, you don't decide the other team's quarterback. >> right. >> that's usually for the coach to decide. so why is harry reid worried about who's the quarterback on the other team, and why is he even using this metaphor to begin with? >> it's painful. stop it right now. >> this is why it's a good development. by the way, there's another interesting development with t
above spending cuts. but this morning rally, the averages got pulled down when harry reid said there probably won't be a deal in time for christmas. the nasdaq climbing 1.8%. i hope this mini rally is happening because people have looked over the fiscal cliff and weren't terrified by what they saw. i hope they don't mind government intervention. because they are not going away. i hope that because what i heard in washington today were two sides even though i can tell them that a deal would be done and there would be no vacation without legislation, we'd be in much better shape. i have to tell you, the situation in washington is as discouraging. one after another i started with a too tack. i said let's go there. i said i totally agree the issue of spending not revenues. tell us what you have done to get spending done. did they give you the fellow traveler ideas? no. they attacked the president. each time when i asked for ideas on what to cut. like right now. like every other country in the north does, like pulling back on positions from our army. i got the same response. it is t
you fog and the follicle gods. harry reid on ben nelson's luscious locks. they may refer to the record of that luscious body and find hair envy actually in it. that's the best weirdest new thing in the world. that does it for us tonight. rachel will be back tomorrow with great hair. now it is time for the last word. rachel will be back tomorrow with great hair, as always. up next, "first look." >>> right now on "first look," terror at an. on. shopping mall as a mass gunman opens fire, killing two people. >>> north korea successfully fires a long-range rocket, defying the threat of international sanctions. >>> plus, michigan's right to work, a cosmic close shave and an update for you on that little guy, the ikea monkey in canada. >>> but first, good morning, everyone. i'm lynn berry. and the hustle and bustle of the holiday season took a terrifying turn in portland, oregon, yesterday, when a masked gunman stormed into a busy shopping mall and opened fire, killing two people, injuring another before apparently turning the gun on himself. nbc's kirk gregory has the chilling details. >> re
. as senate majority leader harry reid admitted yesterday. but in an interview with barbara walters, president obama predicted that republicans would eventually give in on taxes. >> the most important thing we can do is make sure the middle class taxes do not go up on january 1st, and i'm pretty confident that republicans would not hold middle class taxes hostage to try to protect tax cuts for high-income individuals. >> prediction. are you going to be able to raise taxes, yes or no? >> oh, taxes are going to go up one way or another. >> oh, they are? >> and i think the key is to make sure that taxes go up on high-end individuals like you and me, barbara. we can afford it. it is entirely possible for us to come up with a deal, but time is running short. >> now, the president went on to say that if republicans can move on taxes, he's prepared to do "some tough things" on the spending side. >>> controversial right-to-work measures will soon be the law of the land in michigan. republican governor rick snyder signed the measure yesterday, despite widespread protests by the labor union at the state
of drugs has gone down dramatically. >> senate majority leader harry reid floated a rumor yesterday that speaker boehner was having a little trouble controlling members paul ryan, eric cantor and kevin mccarthy. republicans found it so outrageous, it spawned a twitter revolt with the hash tag, harry reid rumors. one of our favorites? jammie foxx to be named secretary of state. sorry, susan. hash tag harry reid rumors. >>> actress and activist ashley judd is polling four points behind senator mitch mcconnell in a hypothetical matchup. mcconnell's approval ratings are the worst of any senator nationally. the poll found judd to be the top choice as a challenger. >>> and the first grandchild for former president bush and first lady laura. they called in to congratulate their daughter. >> fired up. looking forward to it. i'm excited for jenna and henry. i can barely contain the news when i found out so now i can tell all my buddies. >> where do you come down on spoiling grandchildren? to spoil or not to spoil? >> definitely to spoil. no doubt about it. >> kind of like we did our daughte
/50 and when they're hopeful about a deal, the dow moves higher. when harry reid says something negative, it goes down. chris: do they want a rate hike on the rich or do they like the deductions route more? >> they like the deductions route more for sure. they want a substantive deal. they would like to see the credit rating of the united states raised. chris: it's more important than the how, the fact that there is a deal. >> they absolutely want a deal but also like the cleaner tax code, these guys file tax that is look like war and peace, some have to put their taxes on dollies to file. they need a cleaner tax code. chris: how much of a price does the president have to get out of the rich in terms of increasing the rate and getting rid of deductions so he can take it back to pelosi and the liberal core of the democratic party and say i got enough? >> he needs rates to go up absolutely. he cares that much about pelosi. i think he rightly considers himself in the dominant position. chris: with the house of representatives? >> as a newly re-elected democratic president, he doesn't have t
harry reid will do. i think the republicy have boxe republicans in saying they're sitting in a circular firing squad. put the bill on the floor, take it to the senate, have that discussion and see what the president will have to say. >> çjulian, what's your reacti to that? that makes sense, doesn't it? >> i don't think it's a deal that will get anywhere. the larger deal is republican dealers thought they were making a faustian deal with the tea party and what they did was grab a tiger by the tail. it kind of exposes the phoneyness of the conservative movement because even if you consider where boehner and so-called moderates in republican party are, what they're offering, they're offering tax revenue increases most economists would agree are more harmful than what obama is proposing by raising the upper two brackets. and then this party that paraded around as the big deficit hawks, the guys that wanted to control spending, the only cuts they put on the table is playing at margins, increasing retirement age from 65 to 67 and adjusting rates for social security. this hasn't presented it
, and here is more from the majority leader, harry reid. >> we can do things very quickly. this is not something we can do easy as far as bill drafting. until we hear from the republicans there is nothing to draft. we can get things done quickly. it will be extremely difficult to get it done before christmas but it could be done. >>reporter: other democrats are saying we will talk about negotiating the other stuff when republicans agree to increase taxes. republican johnson, a senator from wisconsin, said it is not the end of the world if we go over the fiscal cliff so stop me if you heard this before. >>shepard: and how about "text when done." for breath holding. >> another great reason to have chocolate, as if you needed another. researchers say a chemical in the beans is more effective giving cough relief than codeine in cough syrup. an ingredient in raw chocolate helps give 60 percent of patients cough relief. the doctors say it is not a cure but a bar or two of dark chock hat each day could bring relief. now, doctor, from rainbow, babies and children hospital in cleve
not to filibuster it and i will announce tonight on your show that i will work with harry reid to let him pass his big old tax hike with a simple majority if that's what harry reid wants because then they will be the party of high taxes and they can own it. >> i want to ask you one quickie. your friend and mine, senator jim demint, resigning from the senate. going to take over as head of the heritage foundation. he is a great free market defender of capitalism. what do you make of jim demint leaveliing the senate? >> i think there's two ways to look t a it. the way i look at it, i've jokingly said he's going to a better place. but i really am serious about that in the sense that it's a promotion. he's going to a big microphone. we will be a national spokesman for free markets, for libertarian conservative principles, for the constitution, heritage has a great 30, 40-year history of being on the right side of these issues. i think jim demint will be a great spokesman for them. >> he said that conservatism has to spread more publicly and that's one reason he's going. he wasn't happy with the 2012 el
'm happy not to filibuster it. i will announce tonight on your show i will work with harry reid to let him pass his big old tax hike with a simple majority if that's what harry reid wants. then they will be the party of high taxes and they can own it. >> all right. without that kind of republican strategic retreat, the december 31st deadline is not likely to be met. in today's jobs report it was positive and it beat the street and stocks went up. how do we move 150,000 jobs per month up to 300,000 which would be a real recovery? first up breaking news out of the supreme court this afternoon, the nation's highest court agreed to take up the explosive issue of same-sex marriage, agreeing to hear challenges to the federal defense of marriage act and california's proposition 8. nbc's pete williams joins us now from washington with all the latest details. good evening, pete. >> reporter: good evening, larry. the vilma case is the easier one. federal law signed into law by president clinton in 1996. it says if a person is legally married in a state, the federal government can't recognize those m
not know what cuts the democrats would like to make. senator harry reid coming out earlier today, saying, we're not going to offer up any cuts. we want the gop to put their cuts on the table. it is clear it is a game of finger pointing, which party is going to be made to look like the bad guys, because somebody's going to have to tell somebody no. that is certainly the deal here. stocks, though, did come off their highs, after those harry reid comments. that sent everybody into a little bit of a tail spin. i believe we do have some comments on tape here from some of the lawmakers we heard today. >> you give the president every single job harming tax increase that he's requested, you run the government for maybe nine or ten days. >> i think there's a real danger that we're going to end up with some damaging tax increases and nothing to show for it. >> if we took the president's revenue, we took the republic republicans' spending cuts and we put them together, we'd have a package of more than $4 trillion. >> what i hope boehner does not do is give away the debt ceiling with any kind of dea
. harry reidy thidthld boxer - - >> yeah harry reid boxed him into this. it's hysterical. >> stephanie: what is the boxing thing -- >> rope a dope. >> stephanie: yes, exactly. where is my story on this -- talk amongst yourselves. >> oh, okay. >> stephanie: he thought he was being so smart. i'm moving slowly -- >> look out, here it comes. >> do you need me to print it? >> stephanie: no i got it. >> oh no. what am i going to do now. >> stephanie: it was further down in the stack than i had anticipated. [♪ "world news tonight" theme ♪] >> stephanie: yes, he filibustered his own bill to lift the debt ceiling. instead they called his bluff and he ended up filibustering his own bill. ♪ you are an idiot ♪ >> stephanie: the legislation would permit the president to unilaterally lift the debt ceiling, and never before in our history has someone taken the debt ceiling hostage as something to negotiate over. >> right. >> stephanie: mcconnell brought up the legislation, harry reid objected, and then reid ran it by his members and in the afternoon agrees to hold the same
. we are hearing a lot of talk from harry reid about reforming the senate filibuster rules. it might be about time for that when senators can start filibustering their own bills. >> that's what majority leader mitch mcconnell did yesterday. get this. he tried playing a trick on the democrats and wrote a bill allowing the president to raise the debt ceiling. mcconnell assumed democrats would not want to vote on that and was hoping to use that against them saying no one wanted to give the president that power. that back fired when the democratic caucus was happy to vote on the measure forcing mcconnell to say no. here is the democrats' response. >> this may be a moment in senate history when a senator made a proposal and when given an opportunity for a vote on that proposal, fillibustered his own proposal the i think we have reached a new spot in the history of the senate we have never seen before. >> the senate democrats posted that to youtube yesterday. mcconnellts reason for not voting on the bill? he said it is so important it needed a filibuster-proo
that money approved will not be easy. >>let white house sent letters to john boehner and harry reid requesting 60.4 billion saying after hurricane sandy they're funds necessary to finance. and there is impants . in dc money is quiet . speaker boehner said we have the request and we will view it they need to make sure they don't spend too much money they don't should saying it is our responsible to make sure they are giting the most . that i can sure they are times and targeted. governors of new york and jers. asked for it 79.billion and this is well short of governors and senators are thankful for the money and senators say it is it a tough fight in the congress given the fiscal cliff . members are not friendly to disaster relief. but the care has given a good head start. president obama signed an executive ordering the tax force . it will be shared by the secretary of housing and urban. >> and tough words from mike huckabee. when it comes to the bible. american is ignorant. >> news anchors and enterstain tainers who think they understand. they will have weird ideas about what the a
majority leader harry reid had to cancel a 5:30 p.m. vote because of fog. many lawmaker's flights were canceled because of the weather here in d.c. votes don't often get canceled because of weather. it happened during last summer's storm and then during the snowmageddon of 2010. >> bill: the senate could not work because of fog. >> irony is rich. >> bill: ben, i have to ask you. there's so much speculation about sunday's meeting at the white house. president obama and john boehner, mano y mano, eric cantor wasn't there nobody else in the room with him. and what does it mean, if anything? >> i think it means that they're at least talking and neither of them came out afterwards and said, you know, we're -- there's no chance for a deal. i think the less we hear in terms of a deal being made, the better. the fewer the leaks the fewer the complaints. the more the likelihood we get a fiscal cliff agreement at some point. there's still obviously the chance we go off the cliff. i think that's pretty unlikely to come t
the american people will be better off with a done deal. harry reid who's a senate majority leader says he does not expect a deal before christmas. terrell. >> we'll have to see. susan mcginnis in washington. thank you so much. >>> today in morocco, they opened a meeting to discuss the syrian crisis. they're expecting to give them null political recognition during that same interview set to air on friday night on "20/20," president obama says it's a big move. >> the syrian opposition coalition is now inclusive enough, is reflective and representative enough of the syrian population that we consider them the legitimate representative of the syrian people. >> the president also told abc's barbara walters that with that recognition comes responsibility. clarissa ward has more on the opposition now from london. >> reporter: this is the man chosen to lead a newly formed coalition of syria's opposition groups. >> what does it mean to be recognized by the u.s.? the u.s. administration has big influence globally he told us. a step like that would pull the rug from under the regime on all levels, politi
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now that the senate under harry reid has become a paralyzed nightmare. there is not a lot of influence you can really wield there. there is not a lot of things you can get done the composition of the senate may very well change after the 2014 but for the time-being it has to be frustrating for somebody like demint. he can have lot more interesting and effective influence on the outside with heritage. jon: what about tim scott taking his place? he is probably the favorite at this point. a black conservative in the senate. >> right. jon: what would that do oar four balance of power? >> i don't think it is making a difference, in the sense a conservative replacing another conserve. part of the reason senate is paralyzed is the senator demint is the king of filibuster. >> wait a minute. democrats have a big majority. they have a majority period but they had huge filibuster-proof majority first two years. >> they had a filibuster-proof majority, 27 days the senate was in significance. rest of the time they didn't have 60 votes you need to get rid of the filibuster. jim demint is more danger
reid is right there is no quaterback? >> so harry reid gives him a bone and says hold on.as puttine democrats on record they want to give this bump. these people are out-of-control. >>gregg: i watched the president's interview this week, i believe it was on tuesday, he said he is happy to look at ways to strengthen social security. he would be open to the idea of doing something about medicaid and medicare. this is the biggest driver, right? >> the president is indicating trial balloon, that he is willing to take on entitlements in some way. the real question to the republicans, then, and it could be signaled by speaker boehner going to the white house, will they cave operates for the wealthy and go up to 37 percent or 38 percent and allow the president to put entitlements on the board. >> anything less than 39 speaker boehner will call a victory. the republicans lost the election so they have to give in on taxes. >>gregg: 250,000 is not rich. up it to half a million. >> we still have coming in february or man unless they do a big deal, we have a new debt ceiling. >> in the middle o
the president's idea and then harry reid shocked him by agreeing to have a vote on the stunt right away. >> is there an objection? of course there shouldn't be. he is now agreeing to what the majority leader asked for. reserve the right to object. what we are talking about here is a debt ceiling grant matters of this level of controversy always require 60 votes. so i would ask my friend if he would modify his on sent agreement to set the threshold at 60. >> what we have here is a case of republican ares heren the senate not taking yes for an answer. >> just now i told everyone that we are willing to have that vote. and now the leader objects to his own idea. i guess we have a filibuster of his own bill. so i object. >> is there objection he to the original request? >> objection is heard. >> whiplash. >> whiplash. okay i've spent more time watching the floor than everyone of you out there combined and you saw two things that have never happened before. one a leader who asked for a bill and then opposed the vote to his bill saying that it should be subjected to the vote. he was fill butt
the votes for the legislation. harry reid called his bluff and objected to putting the bill up for a vote, but after discussing it with his democratic members he got the support he needed and had a change of heart. claire mccaskill was priding when mcconnell objected to voting on the bill. >> is there an objection to the original request? >> objection is heard. i got whiplash. >> very strange. >> dick durbin reacted to mcconnell's move moments later. >> so this may be a moment in senate history when a senator made a proposal and when given an opportunity for a vote, filibustered his own proposal. i think we have now reached a new spot in the history of the senate we have never seen before. >> let's turn to bernie sanders. i'm laughing at it too, senator. this just goes to show either winging it big time. they don't have a plan other than to get in the way. what's your response to what unfolded on the floor and what we can look forward to in the future? >> i think dick durbin was right. in a time of dysfunctionality, this probably takes the cake when you filibuster your own probably. but t
in lansing. two weeks before christmas. and harry reid says it will be difficult to get legislation passed before then. g.o.p. made a counter offer to the president. so what is in it? the federal government sold shares of aig. they report $5 billion profit. there is a catch. we'll tell you what it is. ♪ ♪ >> greg: by the year 2030, america will no long ber the only super power. according to global trends 2030, the u.s. will be first among equals as brazil, india and china continue to rise. communist china works. i wonder if he would be willing to report state run economy. i doubt the white house cares. being number two means never being number one. if you believe exceptionalism is quaint you don't like being number one to begin with. we no longer refer to achieveer as successful. we call them rich to make them target for withdrawal. if you are good at what you do you become obama's atm. pin code for pork. the report says we'll be cyborg with neuroenhangment for superhuman abilities. will robots be forced to unio unionize? >> dana: where were you when you wrote that? were you in a bar i
is certainly stacked in his favor. >> interesting way mcconnell worded that. both mcconnell and harry reid acknowledge if a deal is going to get done, they have to put together the pieces of the framework very soon. >> this is the week we are going to find out whether the president is serious about cutting any spending at all. we are running out of time. >> until we hear from the republicans, there is nothing to draft. we can get things done quickly. i think it's going to be extremely difficult to get it done before christmas, but it could be done. >> we shall see. sunday is basically the deadline, if you will, unofficially if they want to get something done before christmas. moving on to the labor fight in michigan, over 12,000 union workers and supporters rallied yesterday. look at the pictures. protesting the so-called right to work law that will make it illegal to require an employee to pay union dues as a condition of their employment. it was not enough to stop the legislation that rick snyder signed into law. despite the long history, the state is controlled by a republican-dominated
? >>> in a letter to senate majority leader harry reid, 18 democratic senators are requesting a sweetheart deal to delay a 2.3% medical device tax that is part of obama care. due to start january 1st. but you know what, may i with all respect, these guys are hypocrites. they're not supply siders. yes, the tax is a job killer, as they say, but it's only hitting their states. the senators claim the medical device tax kills jobs but why aren't they against all the other job killing obama care taxes or for that matter the fiscal cliff tax hikes that are coming. let's faulk about this. we have igor volsky and guy benson. guy benson, i am glad they have won't up to this lousy medical device tax but did someone say minnesota where, wait, medtronic and st. jude medical are the biggest companies? they're the ones that make the equipment? and senator klobuchar and senator al franken are all of a sudden making a beef because it's in their state? where they been, guy benson, and when did they discover that taxes are job kimmers? >> i thought that wasn't the case at all. you're right. they didn't just wake
's what harry reid had to say about republicans today. >> not one of my favorite teams, but it's really, really fun to watch, and that's the new york jets. coach ryan. he's got a problem. he has three quarterbacks. sanchez, he's got tim tebow, and he's got a guy by the name of mcilroy. he can't decide who the quarterback is going to be. that's the same problem republicans are having. >> wow. for those of you who don't live in new york or follow football, the new york jets are an nfl team currently plagued by horrible things. infighting and embarrassing losses that culminating with mark sanchez's infamous butt fumble on thanksgiving. it shows how grim it is for the new york jets since their name is synonymous with failure and infighting. even when they won by a mechely point, their hometown paper slammed them. that was when they won. this also shows how far the gop has fallen. since mitt romney's big loss last month. like the jets there's finger points and nastiness. while the republicans haven't experienced their own butt fumble yet, they might not be far off. the jets last game of the
. now, harry reid using his time to take a special waiver to allow unbuttered popcorn in the auditorium. that's what passes for work these days. the president's holding another campaign style event as the middle class families, and with more, michael burgess of texas. congressman, great to have you object show again. >> great to be with you, thank you. gerri: everything's hanging in the banse, economy, middle class income, taxes, you name it, and you and your fellow house members are not going to work. >> well, wait, this is a 24-hour day job, seven days a week. i'm in new york tomorrow looking at the hospitals affected in hurricane sandy, and i feel like i need to do the ground work to investigate that for myself. gerri: you're doing work, but not all the people you work with in washington are. some are just taking time off before the holidays when this big issue is on the plate. nancy pelosi had to say about this. >> we should be here and came as a surprise, and i'm really surprised that the republicans would leave. we maim in tuesday, and we left wednesday at twelve o'clock noon. wit
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, lines of communications are open. also talking to senate majority leader harry reid today as well. everybody is talking but we don't have a deal yet. tracy: is anybody talking about spending or entitlements, peter? >> they're making it pretty clear. one statement we got from speaker john boehner's office today was that the republicans continue to wait for the president to make specific proposals for cutting spending.3 that is what they want. tracy: we don't sound any closer to me, but again i am skeptical. down in d.c. >> great, thanks. traay: the president is going to @ompromise as peter just said. what are republicans willing to compromise on. we have got to ask mike lee of utah. i am sorry i am so skeptical. 58% of americans don't think we will reach a deal. where do you feel about this right now? >> it is difficult to predict at this point. i don't think anybody wan wantso go off a cliff except the president. he might not only allow it to go there, but perhaps push us off has manifested last week by the decision to drop kick john boehner's offer. the tentative proposal before
chatter. the president speaks to senate democratic leader harry reid, we have learned. meeting yesterday at the white house with a speaker banner an in a speech in detroia couple of hours go the president extended little olive branch to the republicans. >> i have said i would work with republicans on a plan for economic growth, job creation and reducing our deficits. and some compromise between democrats and republicans, i understand people have a lot of different views, i'm willing to compromise a little bit. >> i spoke to an aide to one top republican leader who was a little bit upset by the comment the president would be willing to compromise a little bit. the white house did not disclose any details of the meeting with the president and the speaker yesterday only confirmed that communications remain open. tim john boehner remaining discussions are in place. david: the president said some things about a year ago that sounded like a perfect compromise. let me get your reaction. this was about a year ago. >> what they said was give us 1.2 trillion in additional revenues. which could be
majority leader harry reid spoke to reporters after his party caucus meeting. he said reaching a deal on the so-called fiscal cliff before christmas will be difficult, as house republicans have not offered any detailed proposals. his remarks are just over five minutes. >> i am sorry. start over again. speaker boehner said he is waiting on president obama to outline spending cuts. this is a kind of strange thing for the speaker to say. president obama outlined very specific cuts in his proposal to the republicans. republicans have not offered anything specific in cuts whatsoever. of course, nothing specific in revenue whatsoever. all generalizations. the republicans want more spending cuts. tell us what you want. that is what i say to them. we cannot read their minds. we are not going to make a proposal for them. republicans know perfectly well that democrats are willing to make tough choices on these issues, if they understand, which i hoped they do by now, we are going to look out for the middle class first. the only thing standing in the way of an agreement is republicans, their ins
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